Offshore Automation News - page 29


Surveying the field in the search for full autonomy

Jan 09, 2013

The trend toward deeper, more remote offshore oilfields is driving step-by-step automation of subsea operations while the oil industry awaits its science-fiction dream machine – an unmanned, untethered robot that can tend seafloor wellheads and install equipment without human intervention…

US on crest of a wave

Jan 04, 2013

Ocean Power Technologies has received US government approval for a planned 1.5MW wave power station off the coast of Oregon. The licence is the first to be issued by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for wave power. OPT's plan calls for ten of its PowerBuoy units to be installed 2…

The age of automation

Jan 04, 2013

Automating more of the oil & gas industry's processes will ultimately improve safety. So said several industry leaders during the recent Drilling & Completing Trouble Zones conference in Galveston, Texas. Jennifer Pallanich was there.Baker Hughes' Allen Sinor…

Supply chain reaction

Nov 01, 2012

For all the recent technology developments, project management methodologies, and innovations in the offshore oil & gas supply chain, completing major capital offshore projects on time, on budget and to exact specifications remains a considerable challenge…

SeaRobotics Corporation

Oct 12, 2012

SeaRobotics Corporation has teamed with a private equity group led by Ocean Investments Capital to fund the expansion of the company’s core business, including the production of unmanned surface vessels (USVs), the commercialization of its Robotic Hull Cleaning systems…

Handling HC gas

Sep 12, 2012

With compressed hydrocarbon gas, commonly used offshore to control instruments when compressed air is not available, moisture, particulates or oil in the gas can cause premature wear, damage downstream equipment and trigger malfunctions that make it difficult to control the process efficiently…

Integrated Drilling Equipment

Aug 17, 2012

Drill rig manufacturer Integrated Drilling Equipment (IDE) has acquired drilling control and automation specialist S&P Drives Automation Controls and rebranded it International Electric Company Automation & Controls. IDE chief executive Steve…

Clair controls

Jul 19, 2012

Integrated control and safety systems provided by Emerson Process Management under a $23 million contract from BP will help manage operations on the two new bridge-linked platforms to be installed West of Shetland for the Clair Ridge development…

Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas

Jul 19, 2012

Liquid Robotics and Schlumberger have created Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas, a 50:50 joint venture tasked with developing services for the oil & gas industry using Liquid Robotics’ wave-powered, autonomous marine vehicles, which can operate offshore for up to a year without crew…

Drilling automation deal

Jun 26, 2012

Cameron typically shows off serious subsea technology during the annual Houston event but this year chose instead to put the spotlight on its purchase of the TTS Energy Division from Norway’s TTS Group, a transaction expected to close soon.The…

Handling the pressure

Jun 26, 2012

A new high pressure fill-up and circulation (HPFAC) tool launched by Drawworks allows operators to fill-up, circulate and take flowback while casing is being run. The patent-pending tool aids in running casing and liners under pressures up to 10…

Ultrasonic scanning in depth

Mar 03, 2012

Automated ultrasonic inspection specialist Sonomatic is hailing its new MAG-Rover as the first remotely steerable ultrasonic scanner capable of deepwater operations.Designed and developed in-house over the past four years, the innovative scanner is capable of carrying out topside…

FMC Technologies

Mar 03, 2012

FMC Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire control and automation system solutions provider Control Systems International (CSI). Founded in 1968, CSI is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, and has operations in Irvine, California…

PowerBuoy persistence pays

Mar 01, 2012

An autonomous PowerBuoy recently deployed by Ocean Power Technologies for the US Navy is reported to have delivered ‘a very strong performance', meeting all of its mission specifications.The autonomous PowerBuoy, hailed as a self-sustaining…


Jan 10, 2012

Mustang has acquired a majority stake in Latin American automation and control engineering and consulting firm ISI Solutions for an initial consideration of $5.2 million. The company will be rebranded ISI Mustang and will continue to be led by Pedro Santamaria and the existing management team.

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